racemosus (L.) Nutt.
Leaf: Alternate, simple, sharply but finely serrated; 1 1/2 to 3 inches long, ovate to lance shaped; deciduous, shiny green above, paler below.
Flower: White bell-shaped flowers (1/4 inch long) in curving hanging racemes (2 to 4 inches long) from base of new branches; appearing in spring.
Fruit: Dry brown capsules each 1/4 inch long in hanging one sided clusters; mature in early fall.
Twig: Slender, green (may have some red); small buds with visible scales, may have visible catkin like flower clusters in winter.
Bark: Smooth, light brown; larger stems may become finely scaly.
Form: A suckering plant that tends to form thickets; may reach up to 12 feet in height.
Looks like: summersweet clethra - sweetspire - coast leucothoe - fetterbush lyonia
Additional Range Information: Eubotrys racemosus is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. Download the full-size PDF map.
External Links: USDAFS FEIS Silvics - USDA Plants Database - Horticulture Information
All material © 2019 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range map source information